Scandinavian Styling

Here at IDEAS we love the clean cut elegance of Scandinavian inspired interiors which usually start with a natural colour palette teamed with sharp,simple and well designed furniture pieces. We feel this is a scheme that works well for every home in the house whether it’s a calm living space or a bright and open kitchen. We have recently completed a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom for a lovely set of customers who used their kitchen as the starting point for an overall Scandi inspired design throughout their home – We designed a stunning Secound Nature ‘Remo’ handless kitchen finished in ‘white’ and ‘graphite’, a beautiful fitted bathroom and the most stunning floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes in their master bedroom, see the pictures below for all the cleverly designed spaces we helped them create.

We are officially on Youtube!

The beginning of May marks IDEAS' first video on our Youtube channel Tasty Ideas, where Helen is showing us all how to cook a Victoria Sponge. It may not be the most refined but it's a start! As part of out channel will also be creating quick and easy how to video guides on all the appliances we sell here at IDEAS such as the NEFF slide & hide oven, hob and Quooker taps, so be sure to subscribe to our channel in the link below to catch all the latest bakes! 

Metallic Taps

The trend for metallic and coloured taps started in late 2016 moving into 2017 with designer brands bringing out some beautiful designs but with a high price to match, however fast forward to 2018 and we see more of our own suppliers producing some on-trend designs at very reasonable prices. From Cassellie’s beautiful Rose Gold bathroomware including shower heads, taps and radiators to Quooker’s limited edition gold plated boiling water tap. Pick matte black ironmongery in your bathroom to compliment the monochrome look or a stunning rose gold tap in your kitchen for a metallic nod to the trend.                              

Fabulous Flapjacks

Whether it’s a breakfast treat or a 3 ‘o’ clock pick me up Helen’s flapjack’s are always gone within a matter of minutes. Crunchy, gooey and packed full of ingredients why not give them a go this weekend, perfect for making with the little ones too!

Ingredients:

200g Butter

2 tbsp Golden Syrup

200g Sugar

100g Rolled Oats

100 Self-Raising Flour

150g crushed Cornflakes

Handful of chopped glace cherries or any other dry ingredients such as choc chips, seeds dried fruit etc

Drizzle of Dark Chocolate for the top

Method:

Set the oven to 190c/Gas mark 5

In a pan melt the butter and syrup, very gently over a low heat

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl then pour over the butter mixture and mix well (get the little ones to do this!)

Spread an even layer of the flapjack mixture into a greased baking tin and press down firmly

Bake in the oven at 190c for around 20/25 minutes till golden brown

Cut into fingers whilst still warm and drizzle with melted chocolate if desired

Enjoy with a cup of tea!

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Spring 2018 Interiors

It may not look like Spring outside but here at IDEAS we are looking towards Spring and brighter, lighter Interior trends especially those in kitchens and bathrooms. One of our favourite trends of this year is greenery – plants are no longer just for the outdoors, 2018 has seen a huge surge in people bringing wonderful greenery into their homes.

We have many dotted around the showroom and in our homes, as well as detoxifying the air the striking greenery looks beautiful against almost any backdrop. You will also see this trend In wallpaper prints, textiles and paint colours - we love to mix bold tropical wallpaper in bathrooms together with gold brassware for a striking interiors look. 

NEFF Factory visit, Germany

As a 5* Master Partner Paul was kindly invited by NEFF to visit their factory in Germany last week for an exciting few days of product education, food and a few drinks!

Paul was shown around their state of the art factory in Bretten where products are tried, tested and all manufactured. Paul spent an interesting few days finding out more about the current products stocked by NEFF we love so much and learning about the latest advances in technology we will all be seeing soon. 

Monochrome Bathrooms & Kitchens

We predict the rise of darker kitchen and bathrooms in 2018, creating a luxurious and surprisingly spacious feel to any interior space. The contrast of black against white ceramic feels clean and fresh with the odd pop of gold for an extra chic feel.

Many of our suppliers such as Frontline and Cassellie have bought out many on trend ranges this year from black baths to matte black kitchen taps we love this monochrome trend and can’t wait to design some interesting spaces for you all this year. Why not pop into the showroom to see us and talk about how you can bring this beautifully modern trend to your home. 

Helen's Famous Chocolate & Banana Cake

Looking for the perfect crowd pleasing cake? Try Helen's adapted version of this Nigel Slater recipe. It never lasts long in our showroom. Bake it yourself to find out why!

You will need:

Cake baking enthusiasm!

375g Plain Flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder

190g softened butter

350g muscovado sugar (this is very important for the taste!)

600g ripe bananas (the riper the better!)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 eggs

150g dark chocolate

Non-stick loaf tin approx 24cm x 12cm x 7cm deep

Method:

Set the oven to 180c/Gas 4 and line the tin with baking paper

Sift the flour and baking powder together

Cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy (Helen prefers to do this by hand but you can do it with an electric mixer if you prefer)

Put the bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork – they should be lumpy rather than a puree. Next stir in the vanilla extract into the banana mix.

Beat the eggs lightly with a fork then pour them into the butter & sugar and mix well – if you see any signs of curdling add in a spoon on flour.

Chop the chocolate into small chunks and fold them into the bananas into the sugar, butter and egg mix.

Next gently fold in the flour and baking powder into the mix until fully mixed and no flour remains.

Pour mixture into a lined tin.

Pop into your Neff slide & hide oven for 50 minutes

Take out – allow to cool and enjoy!

A Big Welcome From IDEAS

We have lots of super exciting things happening in 2018, the first being a brand new website. Hope has been working hard over the past few months to produce our stunning new site, we are so pleased with it and we hope you all enjoy scrolling through it as much as we do!

As well as the new look website we are also launching our Youtube channel 'Tasty IDEAS' in which Helen will cook all your favourite cake, pastry and dinner ideas with follow up recipes right here on our blog - keep an eye out for our first video which will be coming soon!

We have also been upping our social media game on Instagram and Facebook with all the latest IDEAS news, current trends and supplier information.

Pop into see us at our showroom for a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea - we can't wait to see you soon.

All the team at IDEAS Nottingham x